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Sharpshooter frees eagle in predicament

Updated: January 10, 2007, 11:13 AM ET
Associated Press — Jan. 10, 2007

DES MOINES, Iowa — A bald eagle owes its freedom to the sharpshooting skills of an Iowa conservation officer.

Jason Sandholdt used a single bullet last weekend to free the bird from a branch that hung over a cliff at Lake Red Rock.

Sandholdt, who works for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, was among those who responded Saturday after a kayaker spotted the eagle hanging about 60 feet above the lake southeast of Des Moines.

With binoculars, state and county ...

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